Womble Carlyle recruits for legal assistance project for veterans

This article from the Winston-Salem Journal sure sounds like a very worthy volunteer opportuity for paralegals (& others): "A statewide pro-bono project started by Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC is recruiting licensed North Carolina attorneys, supervised paralegals, legal-support staff and law students to provide free legal assistance for military veterans." Read more →

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Paralegals 'Adopt' Military Paralegals

This article from the Richmond (KY) Register -- "Showing you care may be easier than you think" -- shows how you can help support US troops: "Receiving a package from someone special is always exciting, but for troops serving overseas, it’s a little piece of home. "Many people may think it’s a good idea to send some goodies to our men and women who are at war, but don’t know where to begin. One Richmond woman said it’s easier than you might think. "Lee Williams is a Richmond citizen and a member of the Greater Lexington Paralegal Association, an organization... Read more →

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"New course for Air Force legal team"

Looking for a career change? Like adventure & travel? How about a tour in Iraq as a paralegal? Read all about ths opportunity here: "The Judge Advocate Corps (JAG) of the U.S. Air Force has developed a new course on Task Force 134. This task force is a basic joint operation in which lawyers and paralegals work with the multinational forces in Iraq, according to Scott T. Sturkol, noncommissioned officer in charge of public affairs for U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center in Fort Dix. The group also has the job of detainee command and control, and rebuilding these forces." Read more →

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Demand for paralegals in the military grows. And yes, you can be sent to Iraq: "The Judge Advocate General of the Navy, Rear Adm. Bruce E. MacDonald, visited the military legal team deployed to Baghdad on March 10 and 11. [snip] "More than 100 military attorneys and paralegals -- mostly from the Navy and Air Force -- are deployed as individual augmentees to Iraq supporting the Multinational Force here. Most of them work for Task Force 134, the task force charged with detainee command and control, ensuring due process and assisting Iraq rebuild its judicial, correctional and law enforcement system.... Read more →

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"Paralegal career field actively recruits Airmen"

Looking for a way to serve your country? Well, the Air Force wants you! "The Air Force paralegal career field is actively recruiting motivated Airmen to join the Judge Advocate General Corps. [snip] "Master Sgt. Michael Gadson [PDF, scroll to page 4], Randolph Law Center superintendent, has been serving in the paralegal career field for 18 years. About three years ago, he had his first opportunity to work with a non prior service junior enlisted paralegal. This was a first for Randolph. "Our field is in need of Airmen in the junior enlisted ranks to keep it growing steadily," he... Read more →

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Amnesty criticizes Guantanamo abuse investigation

I just hope the paralegal who blew the whistle doesn't have her career damaged: "A human rights group on Thursday accused the U.S. military of failing to adequately investigate the latest allegations of prisoner abuse at Guantanamo Bay and urged officials to open the detention center to more independent monitors. "An investigation was launched in October by U.S. Southern Command, which oversees the U.S. naval base in southeastern Cuba, after a Marine paralegal reported guards she met at Guantanamo bragged about beating detainees. "Amnesty International said the probe was 'flawed' because the chief investigator, Army Col. Richard Bassett, did not... Read more →

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"Surveillance of Soldiers' Blogs Sparks Lawsuit"

This sounds like a serious tug of war (so to speak), over free speech & security: "The FLAG Project at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit against the Department of Defense today, demanding expedited information on how the Army monitors soldiers' blogs. "According to news reports, an Army unit called the Army Web Risk Assessment Cell (AWRAC) reviews hundreds of thousands of websites every month, notifying webmasters and bloggers when it sees information it finds inappropriate. Some bloggers have told reporters that they have cut back on their posts or shut down their sites altogether because of the activities... Read more →

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"Local peace vigils gaining popularity"

Well, this is one way to voice opinons about the Iraq war: "With death tolls growing and President Bush vowing to send more troops to Iraq, more North Jersey protesters are appealing to their neighbors at anti-war vigils alongside highways, municipal buildings and churches, activists say. [snip] "Few local protests attract more than 50 people at a time, but some have grown slowly and steadily. A vigil alongside Hamburg Turnpike in Wayne started this summer with four people. On a recent Wednesday, a dozen people huddled in coats, hats and mittens alongside the windy highway. One of them was Laura... Read more →

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"Corporations Decry Official's Detainee Screed"

So far, corporations aren't following Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Charles Stimson's suggestion that they boycott firms representing Guantanamo detainees: "It’s a rare day when law firms get called out for their pro bono work. "But that’s exactly what happened when Pentagon official Charles “Cully” Stimson rattled off a list of firms representing Guantánamo Bay detainees — such as Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw; Jenner & Block; WilmerHale; and Covington & Burling — predicting that businesses would shun their outside counsel for making the companies foot terrorists’ legal bills. “'I think, quite honestly, when corporate CEOs see that those firms... Read more →

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Pentagon official draws criticism

Ah, think the guy who's slammed law firms' representation of detainees should be fired...or disbarred? "Charles 'Cully' Stimson, deputy assistant secretary for defense for detainee affairs, has sparked a firestorm of anger, from Capitol Hill to America's law schools to even conservative quarters. "He told a Washington, D.C., Beltway radio station last week that American corporations should boycott leading U.S. law firms that provide pro-bono service at the prison camps in the remote U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba. "On Tuesday, Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania condemned Stimson's remarks on the floor of the Senate, where he until recently... Read more →

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